Ravisankaran Fellowship

Ravi Sankaran Foundation Fellowship 2018

Last date to apply

15 April 2018

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About Ravi Sankaran Fellowship

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship 2018 is offered by the Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation in memory of ornithologist Dr. Ravi Sankaran to students who have an interest in carrying out research work on wildlife and aim to work towards conservation of biodiversity in India. Ravi Sankaran Fellowship 2018 offers financial aid for carrying out Master’s degree courses abroad, an internship with an international organization and funds for a short research/ conservation project within India.

Students can apply for Fellowship for pursuing courses in any country apart from India. The fellowship is provided for three types of programs as given below:

  • For Master’s degree courses: The Fellowship is granted to 1-2 students to pursue Master’s degree with a prestigious international university for a program related to conservation or ecology.
  • For Internship: The fellowship will provide funding to 1-2 students for carrying out an internship for a period ranging between 6 weeks and 1 year with an International Conservation Organisation (i.e. NGO, a government agency, university research group or an organization) known for conservation work.
  • For Small Grants program: The Fellowship is also offered to 4 recipients for an initial project of 1 year which is likely to lead to a long-term conservation research project in India.

The last date to submit Ravi Sankaran Fellowship 2018 Application Form is 15 April 2018.

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Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Eligibility Criteria

Gender Both
Region All India 
Class/ Age

Graduates preferably below 30 years of age.

  • Indian National: Candidate must be an Indian national and must be an Indian resident while applying for the Fellowship.
  • Age Limit: Must be preferably under 30 years of age as on 1 July 2018.
  • Must hold a Bachelor’s degree in any subject.
  • Must have some involvement in the required field (ecology and conservation of wildlife) in the past.
  • Small Grants Program: Candidates applying for the Small Grants program must present a project proposal along with a budget.

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Reward

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship will be awarded in the following method:

For Master’s degree courses

 The Fellowship for Master’s degree courses will cover the following expenses

  • Course Fee: The Fellowship will cover full course fee for the Master’s degree course.
  • One-Way International Travel: The candidates will receive the airfare to travel to the host institution. However, only one-way airfare will be provided. The return fare to the home country will have to be covered by the student.
  • Stipend: The candidates will also receive a living stipend under the scholarship.

For Internship

The following expenses will be covered under the Fellowship for an Internship program:

  • Internship Fee: The Fellowship will cover the Internship fee (if any) of the student.
  • Travel Expenses: The airfare of the students to the host institution and back to the home country (India), or $1,500, whichever is less, will be covered under the Fellowship.
  • Living Stipend: The Fellows will also receive a living stipend during the Internship program.

For Small Grants Program

The Fellows will receive a stipend and project expenses under the Small Grants Program:

  • Stipend: A stipend will be granted to the Fellows during the research period.
  • Project/ Research Funding: The Fellowship will cover the project expenses for research Fellows for up to Rs 2 lakhs per annum.

Note: Project/research funding will NOT be granted to Master’s/ Internship Fellows.

Conditions for disbursal of fellowship amount

  • Interim Report: The Fellows are required to submit an Interim Report at the end of each year.
  • Final Report: They must also submit a Final Report at the end of the term.
  • Acknowledgment of the Fellowship: The Fellowship candidates must acknowledge the support received from the “Ravi Sankaran Fellowship” in their work
    (where and when they are published).

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Application form and Process

Candidates can apply for Ravi Sankaran Fellowship 2018 by visiting the official website of Ravi Sankaran Foundation and downloading the Application Form. There are separate application forms for Master’s, Internship and Small Grants Program.

Guidelines for Filling the Application Form

  • The Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Application Form 2018 will be in Microsoft Word Format.

Steps to Fill the Application Form

  • Fill the requisite personal and academic details carefully and correctly.
  • Fill out the subjective questions within the given word limit.
  • Person/Supervisor at the Institution: Provide the name and details of a person/supervisor of the institution you will be attending, in the format provided on the Form.
    • If there is no such person, then provide the name and details of the Director of the program.
  • Other sources of funding: Candidates are also required to provide details of other sources of funding (if any).
  • For Small Grants Program: Candidates need to give a detailed cost assessment for their project in the format provided in the application form.
  • Two references: Also provide the name and full contact details of two referees in the given format. The Foundation will directly contact the referees.
  • Take a print out of the application form and complete it with the candidate's signature and the current date. 

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship 2018 Application Form Submission

For Master Degree and Internship: The candidates must fill all the questions correctly in the application form, they need to affix a recent passport size photo on the space provided. They must Enclose their letter of acceptance from the host institution along with the application form and courier it to the following address:

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation,
C/o Inlaks India Foundation,
86/87 Atlanta,
Nariman Point,
Mumbai 400021

For Small Grants Program: The completely filled in application form must be converted into pdf format and email it to the following two addresses:


Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Selection Process

The application forms sent by the candidates will be reviewed/ screened by a committee.

  • Shortlisted candidates will be invited for an interview. The details of the venue and date of the interview will be sent to the shortlisted candidates separately.
  • The interviews are likely to be conducted in May or early June 2018 and the results will be announced soon after.

For Small Grants Program: No interviews will be conducted for the candidates applying for Small Grants program.

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Contact Details

Ravi Sankaran Fellowship Program
Inlaks Shivdasani Foundation, 
C/o Inlaks India Foundation, 
86/87 Atlanta, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021

E-mail: info@inlaksfoundation.org

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